This is an ideal city for meeting new people. Between the Midwestern charm and the year-round events, festivals and parties, there are ample opportunities to make new friends and find Chicago hookups. However, when you're looking for friends with benefits, sometimes the options can be as bleak as our winters. No matter how many dive bars you visit, at times, you can't scratch your itch.
It's strange that in a city of 2.7 million people, getting laid in Chicago would ever be a challenge. Yet it can be, and the reason is simple: You're using the wrong methods. It doesn't matter if you're in Viagra Triangle, Englewood or Boystown, if your only technique for getting laid is hitting up the same pickup bar night after night, you might as well be out in South Bend. There's only so many times you can draw from the same well.
Perk up, we're here to help. With the assistance of hookup experts and local guides, we've curated a list of the best hookup spots in the city that get results. Read them both below and let us know how our suggestions worked for you in the comments as well as suggestions for other great spots to find a hookup.
As fun as our city is, sometimes you don’t feel like dealing with the elements to hit up a ton of bars and hope you strike gold. That’s why so many people are turning to these tried and tested spots:
There are tons of music venues in our city, but few are as conducive to meeting a beautiful stranger as 210 Live. Located in North Shore, 210 Live has live music five nights a week and gets busy (but not necessarily crowded) for basically every show. The crowds here are eclectic, and because the music tends to be more diverse than most clubs, you find more people in their 30s here looking for hookups, it will be hard to miss the signs they are sending you.
As opposed to a lot of the hipster music clubs where attendees are too cool to talk to each other, people actually interact here. That’s a big part of its appeal. Even if the music isn’t your favorite style, it generally doesn’t cost much to get in, and the live music makes for a more interesting backdrop than top 40 dance songs.
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You like to drink. Ladies like to drink. It's a perfect fit. If you want the best place to pick up girls in Chicago, chances are it’s one of these bars.
Ours was one of the first cities to fully embrace the specialty cocktail craze. That’s probably because the city’s history is so intricately linked to Al Capone and Prohibition. When underground bars and secret speakeasies started becoming a trend again, it was only fitting that our city led the way. Unfortunately, a glut of cocktail lounges means quite a few don’t live up to the hype. A new bar can go from hip and trendy to dull and played out in a few months.
The Sixth, located in Lincoln Square, has avoided that fate by being both cool and easygoing. Instead of trying to bury their customers in how sophisticated they are, this cocktail lounge is chill and friendly. It’s like your neighborhood bar, but it just happens to produce some of the most enticing cocktails in town. Even if you’re not a big drinker, the drink presentation alone is worth the visit.
In fact, the drinks are a big reason this is such a good place to meet girls. The cocktails are fun and charming to look at, but they’re also strong and well made. The Sixth’s drinks are the perfect conversation starter until the booze has helped you relax more. If you’re taking out a date or looking to meet someone new, try out the city's friendliest, most enjoyable cocktail lounge.
For a lot of people, wintertime in our city means hibernation. Come mid-January, they’re happy to avoid the cold nights and weekends by getting through their Netflix queue on the couch. But, just because the wind is bitter, that doesn’t mean they don’t still get bit by the lonely bug. They’re not the only ones. That’s why, in the coldest months, Union Park’s Kaiser Tiger still packs in crowds.
You might not immediately think of an outdoor beer garden as a wintertime draw for pretty girls. However, Kaiser Tiger is not just a beer garden. Sure, they have the requisite tasty selection of beers on tap and in bottles. And, yeah, they serve a selection of German-inspired comfort food. But every outing to this quintessentially Chicago beer garden is like walking into a house party with infinite possibilities.
Like many bars, Kaiser Tiger offers space to play bocce ball in the sunny months. They even bring out musicians to play some nights of the week. What really sets this spot apart, though, is the ice sheet curling lanes in the cold months. That isn’t something you’ll find anywhere else. And that’s the kind of novelty that brings in people – specifically attractive ladies – every month of the year.
If your idea of a karaoke bar is a spot where a bunch of Iowa girls on a bachelorette weekend (terribly) sing Britney Spears, you need to check out Sakura Karaoke. There are a surprising number of local hookups that start off in places like this. Located in Chinatown, this bar is part dance club, part sports bar, and completely a good time. Plus, if karaoke is truly your jam, you can rent a private room, but it’s just as fun to hang out with the crowd and get close up with a lot of other singles.
Even if you’re not a singer, the drinks are great and the bar snacks are actually decent. They have different themed karaoke nights and more than 100,000 songs in their library. And yes, sometimes Iowa bachelorette parties show up. If you’re looking for Chicago hook ups, that can only be a good thing.
If cocktail lounges seem a little stuffy for your tastes, try The Owl instead. This bar, which stays open until 4 in the morning every day, is a perfect, low-key place to meet some new friends and get a number or two. Located in Logan Square, lots of people make this their last stop of the night before they decide who they’re going home with. It’s definitely one of the best hookup spots in city if you're just looking for Chicago hookups.
In addition to being a fun spot for a drink, The Owl has events throughout the week including DJ sets and concerts which makes striking up a conversation with a woman easy. These musical nights bring out big crowds, which is perfect for finding yourself a dance partner, whether vertical or horizontal. Even if you come on the rare quiet night at The Owl, their jukebox always has a great selection of tunes.
The modern club scene is all about hot girls showing off their assets in tight dresses and short skirts. If you’re looking for single girls, you better believe they’re dancing at the clubs.
Few types of nightspots are more susceptible to trends than dance clubs. Think about how dance styles and music have changed so dramatically, even just in the last few years. A dance club that was wall-to-wall packed last summer could be a ghost town by Christmas. It takes something special to create and maintain a club where people come year after year, generation after generation. That is exactly what Smartbar has done, against all odds.
Set in the shadow of Wrigley Field, Smartbar has been enticing asses onto the dance floor since the early 80s. It’s done so by evolving with the times and hiring some of the best DJs around to host their weekends. Their roster of DJs knows how to keep a night moving with a mix of modern hits and pure classics. They also bring in outside artists for lively events and concerts.
As a result, Smartbar is one of the best places to pick up girls. From Thursday to Sunday, the ladies come out in droves to dance and have a great time. Most of the people there weren’t even born when Smartbar first opened their doors. It doesn’t matter. A good time is a good time, and that’s something this landmark has always offered.
We live in a time when sexuality is fluid and the line between eroticism and entertainment is being constantly blurred. The old-fashioned clubs with buxom cocktail waitresses and stone-faced bartenders just don’t have the seductive power they once had. If you want to get a girl’s engine revving, you need to explore a more sensual night out. That’s the kind of night out that Bordel offers.
This bordello-themed bar on the edge of Wicker Park always has sex on the mind. And we don’t just mean the absolutely stunning line-up of cabaret dancers. On some nights, you’ll see a band or singer performing. Others, you’ll experience the sensual entertainment of the aforementioned dancers. But the sexiness of Bordel isn’t just in the tantalizing and titillating performances.
Every aspect of the bar is designed to create an atmosphere that exudes sexual energy. This dimly lit club hums with red and gold hues, while the bartenders expertly craft intoxicating works of art. In Bordel, Chicago has a club that merges old-world eroticism with modern, uninhibited sexual freedom. The result is one of the sexiest spots in town and a surefire way to seduce hot girls.
We end the list with yet one more Logan Square bar. This bar hasn’t been around for all that long, but it’s already gained a devoted following. It’s partly a nightclub, partly a cocktail lounge, partly a dive bar, and even a pretty decent restaurant. The cocktail list rotates often and the dance floor occupants change depending on the musical event.
Show up on Friday nights for their “Superfriends” dance party where R&B, hip hop and indie jams mix perfectly. The crowds tend to be in their 20s, but you honestly never know who will show up. Even if you don’t feel like dancing, you can hang back with a good cocktail, play some skeeball and meet someone new. Bars don’t get much more fun than this and finding hook ups in Chicago doesn't get easier than going here!
Who says finding hookups in our city is easier at night? These daytime hotspots will prove them wrong!
We can’t be the only ones who have a thing for nerdy girls. The smart cuties up at Northwestern make it worth taking the train up to Evanston. While college girls go to plenty of bars, if you really want to find their go-to hangouts, think coffee not cocktails.
Coffee Lab is one of the most consistently busy local spots in Evanston. It’s a hip, globally conscious coffee house that appeals perfectly to the coed crowd. They also happen to brew a decent cup of joe. If you’re a Northwestern student or just someone that’s regularly in Evanston, Coffee Lab should be a regular haunt. Who knows how many hookups in Chicago you'll find.
We already recommended a great coffee shop for picking up college girls. But coffee shops aren’t just for nerds. These days, cool coffee shops give bars a run for their money in terms of serving the hottest girls. There are some great coffee bars in town, but Dark Matter Coffee bests them all.
Styled like a southwestern bar, this Belmont Avenue coffee shop has become the place to be while the sun is out. It’s grown into one of the city’s most reliable options for day dates, both because it’s convenient and hip. If you can’t wait until nightfall to pick up a girl, Dark Matter Coffee is your best bar alternative.
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It may be sacrilegious to suggest there is a better music festival in town than Lollapalooza, but so be it. In terms of musical acts, your festival preferences are surely going to vary. But, if you’re talking about the hottest girls in Chicago, Pitchfork Music Festival is music to our ears.
Year after year, all those indie music acts and hipster performers attract this city’s sexiest crowds. Frankly, we don’t even look at who’s playing, we just go to wherever the hot Chicago girls are standing. Ignore the travel guides. Come summertime, there is no better view in town than the crowds at Pitchfork Music Festival.
We’d be mightily surprised if there was anyone in Chicago who hasn’t used Tinder yet. Your grandmother has probably swiped through a few times. In terms of online platforms, there are few that have been downloaded more – and then deleted later out of frustration.
It’s quite simple: Tinder is how sexy Chicago girls and dudes arrange to meet each other. For the rest of us, it’s like looking through an impressive catalog of things we’ll never be able to afford. If you happen to be one of those Hemsworth-looking guys, you are going to love Tinder. If not, maybe work on creating a great Tinder bio and keep swiping. With so many girls on Tinder, you’re sure to match with a handful!
We have a great cocktail scene right now, so we’ve got to start our list at Arbella. Just off the Grand/State red line stop, this beautiful cocktail bar and restaurant treats their customers right. That's why so many come back time after time. That includes many gorgeous women looking for casual sex, so if you’re interested in seducing older women, this is a must-make stop.
Men and women of all ages loves this bar, though, because Arbella serves fantastic drinks and delicious food, all in a sensuous atmosphere. This is a great place to impress someone you’ve met online, or to meet someone completely new. However your night started, if you come here, we’re pretty sure we know how it’s going to end since this is one of the better places to meet older women looking for hookups.
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